A Message from our CEOs… Joseph & Lisabeth Marziello
Dear Champions for Change,
As we progress into the 2016-2017 school year, we are happy to share that we have served over 8,700 youth during the 2015-2016 program year. This growth in membership was possible thanks to the renovations we have begun to make to our Clubs. In early 2017, we will unveil the completely remodeled Bridesburg Club, thanks to the generous support of the Olde Kensington Senior Housing Associates. Renovations to Bridesburg include repairs to the gym and game room, the creation of a Kids Café, the addition of the Nicholas Cymbala Literacy Center, and upgrades to program spaces throughout the building.
This summer, over 1,300 youth attended our camps on a daily basis. This included over 250 youth at our Philadelphia Housing Authority Partnership sites, which expanded from 6 to 12 locations this year. Our kids spent the summer participating in activities such as the Literacy Olympics, Summer Brain Gain, Ooey-Gooey Science camp, and more. Unfortunately, even while our staff was working to keep kids safe and engaged during the summer months, the violence in the communities surrounding our Clubs escalated with several homicides taking place within blocks of our sites. The condition of our communities and continuous obstacles faced by our youth daily underscore the urgency of our Bold Change for Kids campaign.
Heading into our 2016-2017 program year, we are continuing to make Bold Changes. To date, we have successfully raised nearly one-third of our $40 million campaign goal. Further renovations to the Northeast Frankford Club are underway and include the creation of a Literacy Center, Teen Center, Art Room, and Music Studio. These renovations will enable us to triple the number of youth served at Frankford, engaging them in unique and innovative programs while fostering their creativity and encouraging them to explore their talents and passions.
We are grateful for the continued support of our Boys & Girls Club friends and family, as we forge ahead with our vision for Philadelphia’s kids. The need for safe, constructive places for our city’s youth is more apparent than ever. Please join us in making Bold Changes for Philadelphia’s kids and opening our doors to 25,000 youth across the city.
In the best interest of the kids,
Joseph and Lisabeth Marziello
Chief Executive Officers